Salvation Army, Marian House to feed thousands; turkey donations needed

By Liz Forster Updated: November 18, 2017 at 7:27 am • Published: November 17, 2017 0
photo - Soldiers help unload a pallet of turkeys at the Fort Carson Culinary Academy Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. The 300 turkeys will be cooked by soldiers at the Culinary academy next week for the four Salvation Army Thanksgiving meals around the Pikes Peak Region. This marks the 27th year Fort Carson has joined forces with the Salvation Army and more than 3,000 meals will be served on Thanksgiving Day. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Soldiers help unload a pallet of turkeys at the Fort Carson Culinary Academy Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. The 300 turkeys will be cooked by soldiers at the Culinary academy next week for the four Salvation Army Thanksgiving meals around the Pikes Peak Region. This marks the 27th year Fort Carson has joined forces with the Salvation Army and more than 3,000 meals will be served on Thanksgiving Day. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fort Carson soldiers are on a 96-hour mission to cook 300 turkeys and prepare more than 1,600 pounds of sides for those in need this Thanksgiving.

At least 250 volunteers, including Fort Carson's senior military leadership and their families, will work three 24-hour shifts starting Friday morning to prep and then serve the estimated 3,000 meals.

The Thanksgiving Day meal will be served Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Salvation Army headquarters, 908 Yuma St., its homeless shelter and three other locations.

The Marian House Soup Kitchen also is looking for more whole turkey donations for its Stuff the Bird turkey drive. So far, the organization has received about 500 turkeys, about 700 short of their goal, said Catholic Charities of Central Colorado spokeswoman Rochelle Schlortt.

Safeway is lending the soup kitchen a helping hand by donating over 1,100 turkey breasts and sides Monday to the Marian House. Safeway customers who purchased Turkey Bucks at checkout funded the initiative, which alone will serve between 4,400 and 5,020 people.

Safeway customers are still encouraged to purchase Turkey Bucks. After Thanksgiving, the Turkey Bucks will change to the Santa Bucks promotion to support Christmas meals.

Turkeys can be donated at the Marian House, 14 W. Bijou St.

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